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Crawley and Horsham Hunt supporter convicted

September 8, 2011 Hunt Saboteurs Association

Andrew Leaver, Countryside Alliance fundraiser

Andrew Leaver, a supporter of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, has been convicted of the use of threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment or distress. He received a 12 months conditional discharge and had to pay costs of £85.

On the 5th February 2011, while the Croydon Hunt Sabs Land Rover was blocked in by hunt vehicles, Mr Leaver was filmed trying to punch through the side passenger window of their Land Rover, apparently trying to reach the driver. This was filmed by other Hunt Saboteurs who he then proceeded to threaten. Initially denying the charges he pleaded guilty after being shown the video evidence.

In 2007 Andrew Leaver, a fundraiser for the Countryside Alliance, received a formal police caution after taking photographs in a court building and putting one up on his extremist website; taking photos or video "within the precincts of a court" is a serious offence and is arrestable without warrent.

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